Fringe Philippine politician arrested over anti-China bomb plot
Published on Sep 3, 2014 8:20 PM
MANILA (AFP) - A fringe Philippine politician with a reputation for bizarre protests was arrested on Wednesday over his suspected involvement in a foiled anti-Chinese bomb plot, the authorities said.
Mr Elly Velez Pamatong, who was declared a nuisance candidate and disqualified from running for president in 2004, was arrested after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said investigators were looking into the possibility he was behind the failed bombings.
"I can confirm the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is looking into the possible involvement of Pamatong," Ms de Lima told reporters.
She said that Mr Pamatong himself admitted he knew the three men arrested on Monday after the NBI found a van with improvised explosives at Manila's main international airport. The three were reportedly planning a series of attacks against the Chinese embassy and businesses owned by ethnic Chinese tycoons.
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